Making a Strip Set

I was excited to get Maria Shell’s book Improv Patchwork a while back, because I’m an admirer of her quilts.  (This picture of the book is from her website, where you can order an autographed copy of the book.)

I first encountered her work when I saw this quilt:

Maria Shell

No Borders Treasure Map, by Maria Shell, from her blog

The quilt above appeals to me because I am OVER all the plus quilts that have been everywhere for years now, and Maria’s quilt is a fun allusion to the plus sign without being the same-old-same-old.

I read Maria’s book as soon as it arrived,  She has lots of suggestions, including making strip sets and cutting without rulers.  Just for starters I made a strip set.

I based the arrangement of strip sizes on the first few bars in the bar code for the word “quilt”.  Yes, I’ve done something similar in the past when I used a QR code from Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest’s condom campaign to make this quilt.  This time, with the bar code, I didn’t even try to get the whole code in, or to make it scan.

I like it!  What I don’t know is what I’m going to do with it!  It seems to need to incubate for a while.  Any suggestions?

To be continued…

13 thoughts on “Making a Strip Set

    • It was fun and I have carried some of Maria’s techniques into my improv block series. Which I need to write about next week. I have a lot of things incubating, too 🙂

  1. How fun to take her approach. I’ve been following Maria since about the time I started my own blog. I met her in person one year when she was doing a demo for Craftsy at IQF Houston. I feel privileged to have spent time together with her when she travelled to Delaware and lectured and taught at Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Lewes DE. She is really an artist. I picked out her work from across the room at a quilt show a few years ago. Have you seen her 2019 schedule? She is going to be a superstar in the improv quilting world.

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